Saturday, October 15, 2005

If your last name was Joyce, would you name your kid "James"?

A writing colleague at Zoetrope , James Patrick Joyce, has these anecotes to share:

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James: I’m reserve some computer time
Librarian: Your name?
James: James Joyce.
(Librarian pauses, looks askance, waits)
Librarian: Your library card?
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James: I’d like to order The Seville Communion
Bookstore Clerk: Your name?
James: James Joyce
Clerk: (pauses) Okay. (little smile)
James: No, really.
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Teacher: (doing roll-call for first class of the year) Michael Fursby, Bob Jaillard, James...
(Teacher looks up) James Joyce?
James: Here.
Teacher: James, did you know that there was a famous writer....
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University Lit Student: (after mentioning her father did his thesis on James Joyce) Stephanie Wilson.
James: James Joyce.
Student: Sure. Got any I.D.?
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Stranger at party: Someone told me your name is James Joyce.
James: Umm... yeah.
Stranger: (pulls tattered copy of Ullyses out of pocket) ‘Cause I’m a big fan of his.
James: Yeah, he’s popular.
Stranger: (pauses) Got any I.D.?
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University Engineering Student: Dave.
James: James
Student: I’m horrible with names, so don’t take it personally if I forget.
James: Well, my full name is James Joyce, if that helps.
Student: (blank look)
James: You know, the famous writer?
Student: (blank look)
James: Portrait of the Artist? Dubliners? Ulysses-- topped many Best of the Century book lists?
Student: (blank look... shrugs)
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(names have been changed to protect the irrelevant)

1 Comments:

Blogger Edgar Allan Pine Cone said...

Thanks for the seeds.

3:12 PM  

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